2017 Legislative Priorities, Policies and Resolutions

IAPSS recognizes the new opportunities under the passage of the Federal EVERY STUDENTS SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) and urges Indiana Policy makers to enact legislation and develop policies that reflect the new reality of local control and changes in assessment.

Student Learning

IAPSS recognizes that the single most important factor that influences student learning is the presence of a high quality teacher in the classroom.

Student learning is the priority in all Indiana Public Schools. Excessive testing erodes instructional time and is a drain on public dollars.

IAPSS supports the creation and implementation of reliable and meaningful student assessments that are appropriate and provide timely data that inform instruction and drive student learning.

IAPSS supports the continued expansion and full funding of early childhood education for all Hoosier children attending public schools.

Local Control

IAPSS supports the empowerment of local school boards to respond to the unique needs of their students and communities.

IAPSS supports creating a voting position on the county COIT Board for a representative appointed by the school corporation.

IAPSS supports a voting member on all TIF boards as appointed by the school district.

Academic and Fiscal Accountability

IAPSS supports the position that all schools, receiving state funding through the State Basic Grant or Vouchers, shall be held to the same State and Federal accountability and reporting standards as required by ESSA.

Families need accurate and transparent information to make educational choice. All schools receiving public funding either directly or indirectly shall publish an
 Annual Financial Report and an Annual Performance Report.

Funding

With the state’s assumption of the school General Fund, it is the obligation of the state to provide equitable funding for schools to meet the needs of all students.

Any elimination of local revenue should not occur without an equal replacement source identified and approved by the legislature.

IAPSS supports a position that although funding is generated by individual student counts, most school programs (i.e. special needs programs, music programs, and support staff) cannot automatically be reduced when enrollments in a school or a school system decline. At a minimum, funding levels should be adjusted to reflect increases in the cost of living.

The concept of multiple count days that are tied to funding mechanisms should be closely scrutinized to eliminate mid-year loss of funding. Additionally, schools should not be fiscally penalized for mid-year graduates.

IAPSS supports a position that will include increases in the Capital Projects Fund that will cover cost increases at a minimum for property and casualty insurance and utilities.

IAPSS supports the position that the use of tax payer dollars to fund private, for profit charters, and parochial schools should be eliminated. IAPSS opposes the reduction of public school dollars through the use of vouchers, the expansion of vouchers or tax credits.

Professional Certification

An educational licensure process shall require a strong background in content, pedagogy, and experience as a classroom teacher and building level administrator. The chief education officer of each school corporation (currently known as superintendent) shall hold or have met all requirements for a valid superintendent’s license through EdS, EdD, or PhD certification programs.

Contract Transparency

School boards shall maintain the right to appropriately and competitively compensate school leaders to reflect local standards. Compensation provided to all personnel shall be transparent to all publics.

The current process of creating or amending a superintendent’s contract needs to be revised to better serve the interests of all involved parties.

Adequate Support of Broadband Connectivity

IAPSS supports the position for the expansion of broadband funding for Indiana Public Schools that will provide full access to digital resources.

Approved September 26, 2016
Take to Membership on December 5, 2016